Pulsating white dwarf stars and asteroseismology [SSA]


At present, a large number of pulsating white dwarf (WD) stars is being discovered either from Earth-based surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, or through observations from space (e.g., the Kepler mission). The asteroseismological techniques allow us to infer details of internal chemical stratification, the total mass, and even the stellar rotation profile. In this paper, we first describe the basic properties of WD stars and their pulsations, as well as the different sub-types of these variables known so far. Subsequently, we describe some recent findings about pulsating low-mass WDs.

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A. Corsico
Mon, 6 Mar 17

Comments: 10 pages, 4 figures. To be published in the proceedings of the “THIRD CONFERENCE ON STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS” to honor Prof. Dr. Juan J. Clari\’a, June 21 st to 24rd, 2016, C\’ordoba, Argentina, AAA Workshop Series, Vol. 9, 2016